The day has finally come – Liam has started the solid-food stage. And boy did I realize quickly how expensive this stage was going to be. I intended on making Liam his own baby food, but now that it was go-time, I was a little hesitant. What if I don’t make it as smooth as Gerber? What if I don’t cook the raw vegetables enough? How do I compare what I make to equal the ounces of one jar of baby food? Luckily for me, I have a cousin who recently went through the baby food making stage to give me some great pointers. So, here’s what I did.
- I started off with the basics. I knew what kinds of food Liam already liked because we experimented with jar baby food. I bought some plums, bananas, avocado, carrots, pears, broccoli, spinach and peas. For the most part, the items I bought were fresh, but I did buy some frozen and even some canned.
- When Reed and I said, “I do” four years ago, we received a Ninja Prep as a wedding gift. Up until this new endeavor, it has been the best thing ever and has plowed through every margarita I’ve ever made. Thankfully, it continues to impress!
- I started off with bananas. I peeled them, sliced them into pieces and piled them into the blender. Then added water and pureed the naners (my word for bananas). I can’t give an exact amount of water for this meal, or for any meals in fact, because it is really preference. I added extra water because Liam was just starting off on solids and I wanted his food to be super creamy. Now that he is a bit older, I don’t add as much water so the food is a bit chunkier. My suggestion here is to just wing it!
- I continued this process with the other foods. Foods that were in a can, I drained, added them to the blender with water and then pureed it all. Veggies that were fresh (like carrots), I steamed, added water and purred. And any fresh fruit, like the plums I bought, I peeled and did the same thing – added to blender with water and purred. I do suggest being very careful when adding water to fruits since they are naturally juicy anyway.
- Once every fruit and veggie was sliced and purred, I added them to ice cube trays and let them freeze overnight
- When morning came, I popped each cube out from the tray and labeled one baggie per fruit or vegetable.
- Liam is eating up to four cubes at once now which is around four ounces of food, so at night I just take out four cubes of whatever he will be eating the next day at daycare and put them in a small Tupperware.
- Some of the foods I have made, Liam refuses to eat – like peas for example. He ate them fine when they were provided by Gerber, but when they were made with love, he refused them. So I started mixing them with fruit – pears, pineapple, applesauce, you name it. Sounds gross but it has been working! Don’t be afraid to make weird concoctions for your little one. It helps them develop a wide array of taste buds.
My advice to new mommys out there with babies starting solid foods –take the time to make your own food and don’t be intimidated! It’s quite easy and you really can’t go wrong. Plus there’s something that makes you feel so good as a mommy when you make your own baby food. It’s actually quite rewarding!